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Diary Translation: begin page 160
Friday, January 23, 1925

The workforce was 146 workmen. Work was progressing on (1) Street [G] 7400; (2) Mastaba 7801; (3) shaft 7101 V; (4) [Mastaba] 7102 chapel; (5) shaft 7111 D; (6) shaft 7215 A; (7) shaft 7215 I; (8) shaft 7215 V; (9) shaft 7310 Y; (10) shaft 7310 Z; and (11) Mastaba 7510.

(1) [Street G] 7400

Work was progressing on the area in front of the chapel of Mastaba 7420. They cleared it on a floor paved with limestone slabs. There is a basin cut into the floor and connected to a drainage channel, which extends southwards. There is another, yet smaller, basin to the south of that basin and to the south of the chapel.
As for the wall, which we mentioned yesterday blocks off the street, we found that it is in fact part of a limestone structure, and that it is the entrance of the chapel of the abovementioned mastaba.
We were also working north of the entrance. We were clearing the sand, dark soil, limestone chips and stone blocks. The debris is mixed up because of Roman activities.
We also found 11 mummies to the north of the Roman shaft 7420 Z; the grave with the vaulted roof. The mummies are in bad condition. We photographed and moved them.
The workmen found in the Roman debris:
1 limestone statue of a woman, missing the head and the base
1 limestone fragment, inscribed with an image of a bird in sunken relief
3 pottery plates
1 limestone fragment, with traces of stucco
1 limestone fragment, perhaps the base fragment of a statuette
1 small copper object
1 finger fragment of a statue
1 faience eye-shaped amulet
1 shawabti, incomplete and inscribed
1 faience eye-shaped amulet
½ faience ring, inscribed
1 faience shawabti, incomplete
1 flint knife
2 pottery jars, missing their necks
1 pottery jug
The drawing of the chapel and the doorway found on the street are on the next page [161].

(2) [Mastaba] 7801

Work was progressing on this area. The workmen were removing debris of limestone chips, rubble and stone blocks. They found a number of shafts and the foundation platforms of some mastabas. Some of these mastabas are built with mud brick, while others are built with stone blocks.
They also uncovered five rock-cut chambers. These chambers open onto the south.
They found in the debris accumulated on top of shaft 7809 A:

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Details

  • Classification
    Documentation-Expedition diary pages
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Display Page Dates
    1/23/1925

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